In keeping up with the news cycle this week, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins announced that they have re-signed Jarrett Burton for the 2016-17 campaign.
Burton is one of those players that has had a lot of success in the ECHL. Nearly a point a game player with the Wheeling Nailers last season, Burton had four game winning goals for Wheeling in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
I know that it may be hard to get excited about the signings of Jarrett Burton and Patrick McGrath this week, a total combined three points between each at the AHL level, given what the likes of Lehigh Valley brought in (T.J. Brennan and Andy Miele) and Hershey (re-signing Ryan Bourque) did this past summer, and I can’t blame you if you are underwhelmed by the offseason signings by the Penguins this season.
Wilkes-Barre has scoring threats in Tom Kostopoulos, Carter Rowney, Jake Guentzel and Dominik Simon. I think that Oskar Sundqvist pushes for full time NHL work next season. Same for Scott Wilson. Yes, Pittsburgh re-signed Kevin Porter, but don’t expect him to be in a Wilkes-Barre uniform anytime soon. Jean-Sebastian Dea and Josh Archibald better come to camp and ready to kick ass because these are make or break years for both. Garrett Wilson is a big unknown. I didn’t consider him for the AHL Big Board because I considered him graduated. If he doesn’t stick in Pittsburgh and makes it to Wilkes-Barre, he will contribute.
You are then left with Sahir Gill, Adam Krause, Tom Sestito and Patrick McGrath. Maybe Gill and Krause are the next Carter Rowney and will break out. Sestito and McGrath are too one-dimensional and you know what they are going to do when they step on the ice.
On the flip side, you have the defense, which is probably the deepest in the Atlantic Division and two goaltenders which will likely be trying to one up the other. Good problem to have?
Tell me what you think in the comments.
Out the door, on Wednesday the Penguins announced what their warmup jerseys will look like. You can take a look at these here.
If Monday was primary jerseys, Tuesday a player signing, Wednesday a jersey and today a player signing, consider Friday a jersey announcement. Probably the alternate. That’s just me guessing though, so stay tuned.